During your stay in Auvergne, come and discover the Lac de Servières, located at an altitude of 1200m. Remarkable site of the Puy de Dôme, the lake of Servières is now labeled Sensitive Natural Area.

It’s a maar (crater lake), located at 1200m altitude. With an area of ​​15,5 hectares, a depth of 26 meters and born from a volcanic explosion. Its creation results from the explosive encounter of ascending magma and surface water (water table, lake, river, etc.), leaving room for a crater located at ground level, which enlarges with each explosion.

The Servière lake in the foreground and the Puy-de-Dôme in the background

A Sensitive Natural Space

In 2019, the Department of Puy-de-Dôme acquired it, with the aim of protecting the riches it houses while allowing everyone to enjoy it with all the respect it deserves!

Valuable aquatic grass beds (lake quillwort, swimming flute and one-flowered litorelle), present at shallow depths are present there in particular thanks to the quality of its waters. These meadows very sensitive to trampling are protected.

The mountain pastures that surround it are dotted with strange mounds, vestiges of old burons, called “tras”. They housed the people in charge of the care of the animals and were also used for the manufacture of butter and cheese and for their conservation.

This place is remarkable but fragile! All these uses must be made in compliance with the rules in force: no swimming, no boating, no fires, dogs on a leash, regulated fishing. Mountain bikes are prohibited and must remain on the GTMC route. The bivouac is prohibited except within the framework of an itinerant hike.

Guards will survey the site daily and ensure compliance with the good practices indicated. This natural site being sensitive, we must collectively ensure the balance between attendance and preservation.

Family walk

Lake Servières is the ideal place for a pleasant, refreshing walk with the family (allow 1 hour to go around the lake)

Fishing at Lake Servières

Fish farming and halieutic management is entrusted by the Departmental Council of Puy-de-Dôme to the Federation of Fishing and Protection of Aquatic Environments of Puy de Dôme.

At the regulatory level, it should be remembered that:

  • fishing is open from the first Saturday of April
  • only fly and lure fishing is possible
  • a single salmonid over 30cm can be kept daily
  • fishing while entering the water is prohibited


Bivouac prohibited

Bivouac is prohibited except as part of a hiking trip and respecting the following rules:

  • It is tolerated in a tent for one night (from sunset to sunrise) or at most for the duration of bad weather likely to endanger hikers. During the summer period the tent must be set up after 20:00 p.m. and taken down before 8:00 a.m.
  • The location of the bivouac must be located on the edge of the forest (to preserve the grass and the herds) excluding slopes, craters and summits of volcanoes or otherwise indicated on the ground.
  • The use of portable gas stoves is tolerated in the safest possible environment: stability, distance from flammable materials (very dry materials such as dead leaves, conifer needles, dry grass, etc.). Other types of fires carried or on the ground are prohibited
  • No waste should be left on the grounds (including toilet paper)
  • With the authorization of the person who has the use or ownership of the land


Lac Servières is located 8 km from the village of Orcival, on the road leading to Mont Dore and the Col du Guéry (D 983).

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